About Leena


I’m Leena and I’m glad you’re here.

You Can’t Figure Out What’s Wrong

You have done everything you were always told you were supposed to– so why do you feel so miserable?

Why is it, despite any of your accomplishments, you still feel like a failure?

You may not have even noticed your dissatisfaction because you’ve been so busy taking care of others and “looking good on the outside.” But lately you’ve begun to realize that somewhere amongst all your efforts and responsibilities, you’ve never really been happy, not deep down.

What’s worse, you feel as though no one understands your pain because all they see is someone who puts on a brave face. Someone wears the smile that they are “supposed to”.

You’re Not Alone

I understand. I know that wearing a smile is not the same as joy, meeting expectations is not the same as happiness. And I know you’re tired of taking care of everyone else.

You Can Feel Free Again

You are longing to do what you want to do! You’re just…a little unsure of what step to take. Perhaps even afraid of what the changes could bring. I can help you be more authentically the person you have always wanted to be. I work with individuals of all ages, specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationships, parenting, and cross-cultural issues. 

I am direct, honest and compassionate. Through research proven approaches like CBT and DBT, I can help you get to the core issues quickly. In each session, we will create a safe place to help you process your internal struggle. 

Together we will help you heal, grow past your past, and create the life you’ve been waiting for.

More About Me 

After earning my Masters degree in 2013, I pursued a career working with animals large and small. Whether it was in busy vet clinics, managing large horse farms, or conducting equine assisted therapy sessions, throughout my experience I’ve learned the only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.

At one point or another, life deals us challenges that can be too overwhelming to overcome alone. My method is to help make sense of those events, of the emotions involved, and incorporate skills to help manage and accept those challenges as they come.

Growing up abroad in the Middle East, I understand the value of incorporating cultural identity into therapy; I work to understand individuals as a whole – each person is a unique human being with their own story, values, and identity – so I work to customize treatment goals based on these characteristics. 

When I’m not working, you can find me at the barn spending time with my horse, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, or going on mini road-trip adventures with my boyfriend and our 2 pups.

The following is a list areas I specialize in:

  •  Stress Managment
  •  Anxiety 
  •  Multi-Cultural Counseling
  • Trauma & Identity Development
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Depression 

We Can Help

I’m sure you’ve already done so much work to get here and you know the struggle of facing things alone. Let’s find relief from the overwhelm, build new coping skills & find solutions together.

Call today for your free 10-minute consultation to ensure I’m the right fit to help.  530-431-2110

Leena Badran

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, #11773 

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